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Viola Anna Bīriņa

  • Cukrasāta
  • Ceramicist
  • Bekši, Latvia
  • Master Artisan
Viola Anna Bīriņa Ceramicist
Contact
Latvian, Czech, English, French, German
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+371 29106193
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When buds blossom

  • • Viola Anna specialises in reduced ceramics
  • • Her pieces are handshaped with strong textures
  • • She set up her workshop, Cukrasāta, with her husband

Viola Anna Bīriņa’s road to ceramics has been a long and a winding one. Several degress, a life in Prague, lecturing at a University… No matter what she is doing, she always finds a creative approach. When she married ceramicist Staņislavs Viļums and moved to the countryside, she slowly started to try her ceramics. As an apprentice, she learned the ancient, local techniques of pottery making, and developed her own style. At first, her works were criticised as they were far away from the conventional perception of the Latgalian pottery. But she continued to develop her style and gained recognition for her unique vision of centuries-old pottery traditions. It is as Viola Anna says: “Traditions are like roots, innovations are like buds, blossoming every spring.” And she continues to make her creations blossom for the 13th year already.

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Works

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  • ©Elīna Kursīte
  • ©Viola Anna Bīriņa
Photo: ©Viola Anna Bīriņa
Soupe Plate

These unglazed hand-shaped plates were given a wooden-like texture. They were burned on a fire flame in a pit-type wood kiln.

Width 25 ltr
Length 25 cm
Width 23 cm
Length 23 cm

Photo: ©Viola Anna Bīriņa
Lunch Dish Set

This unglazed lunch set is composed of hand-shaped plates and cup adorned with a wooden and lace texture. They were burned on a fire flame in a pit-type wood kiln.

Diameter 28 cm
Diameter 24 cm
Diameter 8 cm

Photo: ©Viola Anna Bīriņa
Small Bowl - Gravy Dish

This unglazed hand-shaped bowl was adorned with a lace texture. It was burned on a fire flame in a pit-type wood kiln.

Diameter 12 cm

Photo: ©Elīna Kursīte
Dessert & Cake Plates

These unglazed black hand-shaped plates were adorned with a wooden and lace texture. They were burned on a fire flame in a pit-type wood kiln.

Diameter 14 cm

Photo: ©Viola Anna Bīriņa
Fruit Bowl

This unglazed hand-shaped bowl was given a wooden-like texture. It was burned on a fire flame in a pit-type wood kiln.

Diameter 45 cm

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